Here’s the letter:
He isn’t a Demo☭rat either…otherwise we’d all have a field day with this. Perhaps we should wish him…Qa’pla!
Here’s the letter:
He isn’t a Demo☭rat either…otherwise we’d all have a field day with this. Perhaps we should wish him…Qa’pla!
Well, what do we have here? The ghost of Goldwater past? Has he been visiting the big government, gimmegimmegimmes? Are the people waking up to him at the foot of their bed ready to admonish them about dreary manacle-clanging governments in the future?
This is progress. Progress, i pray, toward a better nation where there are more personal liberties, states rights, and less government.
Now 72% say it is greater threat than big business or big laborby Jeffrey M. Jones
PRINCETON, NJ — Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000. Big government has always topped big business and big labor, including in the initial asking in 1965, but just 35% named it at that time.
The latest update comes from a Dec. 5-8 poll. Gallup has documented a steady increase in concern about big government since 2009, rising from 55% in March 2009 to 64% in November 2011 and 72% today. This suggests that government policies specific to the period, such as the Affordable Care Act — perhaps coupled with recent revelations of government spying tactics by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — may be factors.
Currently, 21% name big business as the greatest threat, while 5%, a record low, say big labor. The high point for big labor was 29% in 1965. No more than 11% of Americans have chosen big labor since 1995, clearly reflecting the decline of the labor movement in the United States in recent decades.
The historical high choosing big business, 38%, came in 2002, after a series of corporate scandals rocked major corporations including Enron and Tyco. Also at that time, Americans may have been less willing to choose government given the rally in support for government institutions and officials after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Americans were also more likely to view big business as a big threat during the recent recession, with more than three in 10 choosing it in 2008 and 2009, a time when many large corporations, including financial and automotive companies, failed or were in danger of failing without government intervention. But fewer Americans now view big business as a threat — the current 21% is the lowest Gallup has measured since 1983.
Republicans Especially Likely to See Big Government as Threat
Even though Americans have always viewed big government as the greatest threat, the degree to which they do so has varied. In recent decades, since the start of the Clinton administration, perceptions of big government as a threat have varied depending on the party of the president. Since Barack Obama took office in 2009, an average of 64% of Americans have named big government as the greatest threat. That is up from an average 56% during George W. Bush’s administration from 2001-2008, but similar to the 65% average from 1993-2000 during the Clinton administration.
This pattern is largely driven by Republicans, who generally are more likely to be concerned about the size and power of government, and this concern is amplified when a Democrat is president. Democrats are more likely to see government as a threat when a Republican is in office; however, they tend to see government as less threatening than Republicans do, and their concern about big government topped out at 62% in 2005 under Bush.
During the Johnson, Nixon, Carter, and Reagan administrations, party differences were much more modest than they are today.
Each party group currently rates big government as the greatest threat to the country, including a record-high 92% of Republicans and 71% of independents, as well as 56% of Democrats. Democrats are most likely of the partisan groups to name big business as the biggest threat, at 36%; relatively few Republicans, 4%, view big business as the most threatening.
Americans have consistently viewed big government as a greater threat to the United States than either big business or big labor, but never more than they do now. That may be partly a reaction to an administration that favors the use of government to solve problems. Also, the revelation of widespread government monitoring of U.S. Internet activity may be a factor in raising Americans’ concern about the government. The threat of big business may seem diminished now, during a relatively calm period for big business, with rising stock values and relatively few major corporate scandals such as occurred in the early 2000s. Also, the labor movement is far less influential in U.S. policy today than in the past, including in 1965, when Gallup first asked the question.
In the future, Americans likely will continue to view big government as the greatest threat of the three, partly because of Republicans’ reluctance to rely on government to solve problems, and because Democrats and independents are also inclined to view big government as a greater threat than big business or big labor. But the percentage of Americans viewing big government as the greatest threat will also likely to continue to vary, in response to current conditions in the political and business environments.
Landmark Suit Tells Feds: State Gun Laws Are None Of Your Business
Written by: Tara Dodrill Self Defense December 6, 2013 1 Comment
Lawsuit states that Montana gunmakers want the federal government to “butt out” of gun sales which take place within the state, and they’ve sued the US Justice Department in an attempt to do just that.
The lawsuit filed by the Montana Shooting Sports Association maintains the US Constitution does not give the federal government authority to enact regulations and restrictions pertaining to guns made, sold, and kept inside the State of Montana.
The lawsuit asks the Supreme Court to uphold the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, which was enacted in 2009 and which says the federal government does not have authority over firearms that are made and sold within the state of Montana. For firearms to not be subject to federal laws, each gun must be labeled “Made In Montana,” according to the ’09 law. Other states have implemented similar laws, although their future is uncertain.
A lower court and appeals court ruled against Montana’s law.
Specifically, the lawsuit asks the high court to uphold the 9th and 10th Amendments.
The 9th Amendment says:
“The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
The 10th Amendment reads:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, actually wrote the Supreme Court justices a personal letter in November, explaining the rationale behind the law. Such a letter is unique and was separate from the legal briefs.
Marbut told local media that he wants to make a bolt-action, small, youth-model rifle he calls the Montana Buckaroo. The gun would be sold within the state. Marbut’s plan to manufacture the youth rifle has been thwarted by federal officials and courts who say the gun would be illegal.
Marbut told the Supreme Court justices:
“The natives are beyond restless. They are at the stage of collecting torches and pitchforks and preparing to head for the castle gates en masse.
Advocates of the law have garnered legal support from the attorneys general from the states of Montana, Utah, Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
An excerpt from the Montana Shooting Sports Association lawsuit reads:
The wholesale stripping of independent sovereignty from the states has destroyed the balance of power, and given the federal government advantages it demonstrably tends to abuse. The outrage that is our $17 trillion national debt [which amounts to more than $149,000 per taxpayer] may be the worst example. By borrowing more money than the current generation can repay in our lifetimes, Congress leaves a legacy of debt for future generations. Our progeny did not consent to the monumental hole their parents are digging for them. Still, they will certainly be saddled with the duty to make good. This is tyranny.
The Montana Shooting Sports Association lawsuit also argues that “dual sovereignty” should be restored within the US. Marbut staunchly feels that the lawsuit and the 10th Amendment protections extend far beyond the issue of gun rights.
While lurking on The Blogmacracy this morning, I saw that Mike C. suggested that we have a gun thread about the “Great Guns & Ammo Panic of 2013”. So here it is.
This past summer I was sitting in the waiting room of the Grease Monkey lube shop in Clovis, NM while my oil was being changed. I picked up the current issue of Guns & Ammo magazine and the cover story was “G&A Perspective: Panic Purchases and the Volatile Ammo Market”. The article explored the various theories on the empty ammo shelves at gun shops and the resulting spike in prices of the most common calibers as well as the shortage of AR-style rifles. The conclusion was that gun ownership has now gone mainstream due to the gun control efforts of Obama and his democrat cohorts. People who have never considered owning a firearm have now armed themselves and are taking to the ranges. Many people are hoarding ammo. All ammo manufacturers are currently running at maximum output having added more capacity and round-the-clock shifts.
Reading this and seeing the sophistication of the tunnel convinces me the uselessness of the drug war. Where there is demand there will be a supply. The San Diego sector of the US border with Mexico is heavily patrolled and fences. Yet a tunnel was dug underneath to bring in drugs.
A drug-smuggling tunnel equipped with electricity, ventilation and a rail system has been found connecting San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico.
Authorities seized more than eight tons of marijuana and 325lb (147kg) of cocaine in the discovery.
Officials have not revealed the exact length or location of the recently finished tunnel, but Mexican media report it is near Tijuana’s airport.
More than 75 such secret tunnels have been discovered since 2008.
There are probably even more tunnels that have not been discovered. It’s time to rethink the war on drugs and this tunnel is a symbol of it’s failure.
How do you define corruption, is it mere mendacious malfeasance, or is it something more tangible?
Members of Congress must pay secret fees known as “party dues” to the Democratic and Republican parties to secure and maintain top committee chairmanships and assignments, newly uncovered internal documents reveal.
The never-before-published lists are reprinted inside the new book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, written by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer.
Senior congressional staffers say the committee price lists have long been rumored to exist but that few people on Capitol Hill have seen them, giving them an almost “mythical” quality.
The book contains copies of the Democratic and Republican price lists detailing how much money lawmakers must raise to obtain and keep their seats on congressional committees. The so-called “party dues” lawmakers must contribute for committee assignments are separate and apart from the fundraising they conduct for their own campaigns. If lawmakers fail to make their tribute payment to their party, they can lose their place on a powerful committee.
“These party dues are not voluntary,” writes Schweizer. “Members are not asked to pay—they are required to pay.”
In the 2013-2014 election cycle, the going rate for a Democratic assignment as the ranking member on a top committee like the House Ways and Means or Financial Services Committees is $500,000. Schweizer reports that Democrats also use a “members points system” that rewards its members for attending party fundraisers.
Prices on the Republican House committee list are higher due to the GOP’s House majority—a fact that creates even greater opportunities for lawmakers to extract donations from the industries a committee oversees. According to Schweizer, the GOP price sheet is actually posted on the wall of the Republican Congressional Committee and contains red marks beside the names of lawmakers who fall behind on their party dues.
GOP prices for committee posts vary widely. For example, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who is the chairman of the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, is expected to extract $990,000 from donors for the GOP. The chairman of the less powerful House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, is required to bag just $405,000.
When a woman (or a man) sells their sexual favors, society pretty much as a whole calls them whores. It’s not a pretty word, and it carries a very ugly stigma. But what both the Democrats and the Republicans are doing is so vile it makes being called a whore seem downright respectable.
These committees that various members of Congress are buying their way unto are the very same committees that decide which laws get passed, what taxes get levied, and how much spending the United States Federal Government engages in. More importantly, these are the exact same committees that decide that members of Congress shall be exempted from the very laws that they saddle the entire rest of the nation with. Like exempting themselves from Obamanationcare, or from Insider Trading Laws.
These committees include the utterly and totally corrupt House Ethics Committee which is tasked with ensuring that members of Congress obey the nations laws.
Let be honest here and face reality, nobody pays millions dollars to get a job that pays $150,000 a year if they don’t think they are going to get those millions back. Look at how many Congressmen and Senators are straight up multimillionaires. Harry Reid made millions by buying land cheap, that he knew was going to be purchased by the Federal Government. Dianne Fienstien illegally funneled hundreds of BILLIONS of federal dollars to her husbands company.
Through the use of Continuing Resolutions Congress has made in excess of 7 TRILLION DOLLARS vanish into thin air. No one in the entire Federal Government can account for where that money went. This is corruption and pure outright theft on a scale so massive even people who KNOW that it is taking place can’t believe that it is just that, corruption and theft.
The Department of Injustice has been bought off and compromised, even the SCOTUS, the Highest Court in the Land does not have clean hands in this. This is corruption beyond anything ever seen anywhere or when in human history. This is a genuine case of not just the Foxes guarding the Hen-house, but the Foxes Mother writing them a note asserting that the Foxes had nothing to do with the Chickens disappearance, and the Courts accepting her note as factual evidence.
Congress has the lowest approval rating in the entire history of Congress, yet these crooks continue to get reelected, and they keep getting reelected because despite their abysmal approval rating, nearly everyone insists on believing the painfully obvious lie, that their Congressperson or senator is the one good Congressperson or Senator. when the truth is, that the only ones who are complete and total crooks, liars and thieves, are the ones who haven’t been in Congress long enough to buy important positions of power and authority yet.
The system is literally designed to ensure that every person elected to office becomes a criminal. More importantly, the ones tasked with ensuring that this does not happen, are the very ones that guarantee that not only does it happen, but that nothing is ever done to reform the system.
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